Herbs, shrubs or trees with opposite or whorled leaves. Flowers perfect, mostly +/- irregular, in terminal or axillary spikes, racemes or panicles. Calyx persistent, 2-, 4-, or 5-toothed or –lobed. Corolla gamopetalous, the tube cylindrical, the limb 4-5 lobed. Stamens 4 and didynamous, or rarely 2 or 5, inserted on corolla-tube. Ovary 2-4 celled, ovules usually 1 in a cell; style simple; stigmas 1-2. Fruit dry, forming 2 or 4 bony nutlets or a drupe with 2-4 nutlets. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 850).
Lantana and Verbenaof the garden belong to this family, as well as Teak and many other exotic plants of the tropics. (Dale 197).
About 80 genera and 800 species, mostly of warmer regions. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 850).